Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology



+44 (0)20 7594 5384p.spanu Website




610Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests

  • Genomics of Powdery Mildews
  • Biology of Powdery Mildew Effectors and their targets



Frantzeskakis L, Kracher B, Kusch S, et al., 2018, Signatures of host specialization and a recent transposable element burst in the dynamic one-speed genome of the fungal barley powdery mildew pathogen, Bmc Genomics, Vol:19, ISSN:1471-2164

Thordal-Christensen H, Birch PRJ, Spanu PD, et al., 2018, Why did filamentous plant pathogens evolve the potential to secrete hundreds of effectors to enable disease?, Molecular Plant Pathology, Vol:19, ISSN:1464-6722, Pages:781-785

Bourras S, Praz CR, Spanu PD, et al., 2018, Cereal powdery mildew effectors: a complex toolbox for an obligate pathogen., Curr Opin Microbiol, Vol:46, Pages:26-33

Laur J, Ramakrishnan GB, Labbe C, et al., 2018, Effectors involved in fungal-fungal interaction lead to a rare phenomenon of hyperbiotrophy in the tritrophic system biocontrol agent-powdery mildew-plant, New Phytologist, Vol:217, ISSN:0028-646X, Pages:713-725

Spanu PD, Panstruga R, 2017, Editorial: Biotrophic Plant-Microbe Interactions, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol:8, ISSN:1664-462X

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